Morning Prayer is said at 9.10 am and Evening Prayer at 5.10 pm on weekdays.

ON MONDAY St Helen’s Baby & Toddler Group meet in the Parish centre hall at 9.30 am and 11.00 am.

ON WEDNESDAY Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Parish centre at 10.30 am, followed by refreshments.

ON SATURDAY there is a Wedding at 2.00 pm followed by bells.

NEXT SUNDAY: Holy Communion (1662) will be at 8.00 am. Sung Eucharist will be at 10.30 am. The Newcomer’s lunch will be in the Parish Centre after Sung Eucharist. Baptism will be celebrated at 3.00 pm and a service of Wholeness & Healing at 5.30pm.



BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS at St Nicolas’ Church is at 3.00 pm today.

PARADISE LOST. Staged reading by Milton Mummers will be at 7.30pm on 17thOctober at St Helen’s Church. Tickets (£10) are available today after church or on the door. We need a second helper, from 6.50 pm to greet at the door and sell tickets. Contact Margaret Horton if you can help, on 01235 528813 or

MOTHERS’ UNION CHARITIES. Elizabeth Dawson will be running 5km on Wednesday 18th October, finishing around 10am at the St Helen’s archway. Wednesday morning communicants may like to welcome runners at the finish. Elizabeth would appreciate sponsorship!

ST HELEN’S@LUNCH on Thursday 19th October at Root One Garden Centre, Wallingford. No need to book, just turn up. Contact Susan Scott (01235 522960) if you need/can offer a lift.

ABINGDON MOTHER’S UNION are holding a Soup & ploughman’s lunch in the Parish centre on Saturday 21st October from 12 noon until 1.30 pm. Tickets, £6, are available from MU members or on the door. Proceeds to the Balsam project in Didcot.

NEWCOMERS LUNCH on Sunday 22nd October. If you have yet to attend a Newcomers lunch please sign the list on the notice board at the back of the church.

15th October 2017 Trinity 18

Psallam Spiritu et Mente: I will sing with spirit and understanding (I Corinthians xiv 15)

Yesterday St Helens hosted the annual Oxfordshire choirs festival of the Royal School of Church Music. Many of the almost 200 singers come from quite small village church choirs, but the prospect of performing demanding and exciting music in a big choir with a fine organist (our own Peter Foster) under an expert conductor is very appealing for all attendees. An equal draw is of course the renowned catering at St Helens. After the last event here in 2014, it seems that we are now firmly on the RSCM map.

The RSCM is an educational charity that promotes the best use of music in worship, publishing choral music and providing courses for singers, instrumentalists and conductors. Many of our choir members past and present have attended their training events (I still use techniques learnt at a two-week residential course in the seventies in the grand surroundings of Addington Palace in Surrey, alas now sold). A significant part of our choir music library comes from the RSCM, as does the junior chorister training material and the ribbon scheme. Our close relationship with the choir of St James the Great, Radley, has its roots in recent RSCM festivals too. So we are making good use of our membership of this organisation.

I find it hard to imagine life without music, with its ability to express feelings that are hard to put into words. Offering music in worship is not primarily a performance, but something we do to the best of our ability and to the glory of God. It also seems to be a microcosm of human life - it requires stamina and concentration, practice to be accurate, and of course understanding of the shape and harmonic structure of the tunes. Well-written and well-performed music should support the words, and is worth getting right. All of these ideas are captured in the RSCM motto above.

Many members of St Helen’s community give their time to support our musical offerings, but we always welcome more musicians, whatever the level of expertise.

Norman Gee, Churchwarden (and tenor)